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Best DC-Area Wine Buys Under $15


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Guest post by Tanisha Townsend

Walking down the aisles of your local wine shop can be a daunting task — rows and rows of bottles, some with beautiful labels, others with fancy handwriting and names you can’t even pronounce. What’s a person to do? Keep reading!

Buying wine doesn’t have to be difficult, and it doesn’t have to be too expensive either. Here are a few places around the DC area with amazing bottles of wine under $15, just in time for the weekend.

Schneider’s of Capitol Hill
300 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002

2011 Mania Verdejo-Viura - $11.99
This is a full-bodied white wine with fresh tree fruit flavors and herbs. It has a great mouthfeel with a slight creaminess on the finish.

2010 Veridien Tinto Alicante - $7.99
This spicy red wine is 60% Syrah, 20% Monastrell and 20% Alicante Bouschet. With its bold dark fruit flavors and earthy minerality, it is perfect for your end-of-summer gatherings. Pair it with grilled hamburgers and steaks.

2012 Planet Wine
2004 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301

2011 La Cappuccina Verona Bianco - $9.95
Peaches, grapefruits and herbs, oh my! Grown in volcanic soil, this combination of Garganega and Sauvignon is medium-bodied with crisp minerality on the finish.

2010 Brico dei Tati Barbera - $9.99
This wine is produced from organically grown grapes. Notes of black cherry, spice and dust can be found on the palate. It is a “good and simple wine,” says the winemaker.

Woodmore Wine & Spirits
2801 N Campus Way N
Glenarden, MD 20706

2011 Hogue Gewurztraminer - $9.99
This crisp wine boasts intense aromas and flavors of lychee, apricot and peach, and it has citrusy notes of orange and lemon-lime.

2011 Bogle Petit Sirah - $13.99
Supple fruits, including wild blackberry and blueberry, are found on the nose and in the first sip. The wine is full-bodied and rich with savory notes of toasty oak that come together with chocolate and a hint of salted caramel.

Tanisha Townsend is a DC-based wine and spirits educator and consultant. She is also the creator of the blog Girl Meets Glass, a site dedicated to making wine and spirits education accessible to everyone from the curious appreciator to the trade professional. You can find Tanisha on Facebook or on Twitter via @girlmeetsglass.